The DREAMers, those illegals who were allegedly brought here as minors and who allegedly have a strong attachment to the United States, were hopeful that the Democrats could browbeat Congress and the president into agreeing to a wide-ranging amnesty program as the price of avoiding a protracted government shutdown. Instead, as I noted Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer quickly realized that holding health insurance for several million American children hostage in order to protect a select group of illegals was untenable. He brought the shutdown to an end in exchange for a nebulous promise of unspecified action at a future time.
The DREAMers were not happy:
The immigration and liberal groups that pushed Democrats into a government shutdown blasted the party for caving Monday, saying lawmakers bungled the fight, gave up too early and walked away without any substantive gains.
They also said Democrats were wrong to trust assurances from Republicans on future action on immigration, and are now complicit in future deportations.
“There is no way to spin this — immigrant youth will suffer in detention camps and be deported because both parties delayed a breakthrough on the Dream Act today,” said Cristina Jimenez, co-founder of United We Dream, a leading advocacy group for the “Dreamers” whose cause Democrats said they were fighting during the shutdown.
Indeed, that’s just what many of them have been doing. Dreamers and allies have been marching in the halls of Congress, occupying lawmakers’ offices and getting arrested by the dozens over the last few months.
Ms. Jimenez said Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat, had promised activists at a Women’s March event over the weekend that he would hold firm. Yet he was one of the Democrats who switched votes and backed reopening the government Monday.
“Senators who voted today for the promise of a symbolic vote on the Dream Act are not resisting Trump — they are enablers,” Ms. Jimenez said.
Other people who are unhappy are Chuck Schumer’s neighbors
Protesters rallied outside Sen. Chuck Schumer’s home in Brooklyn Tuesday night to denounce the deal to end the government shutdown without protections for young immigrants.
About 75 people held signs saying “Clean Dream Act Now” and “No! Not One More Deportation!” Some chanted “If Chuck won’t let us dream, we won’t let him sleep.”
— WindsorTerrace Patch (@WTKPatch) January 23, 2018
— Kate Brannen (@K8brannen) January 23, 2018
— Working Families Party (@WorkingFamilies) January 23, 2018
— Daniel Altschuler (@altochulo) January 23, 2018
This gives you a hint of the upcoming fight. No one expects the Republicans to give ground on DACA. And, if Republicans do give ground they will be seen as having caved to the Democrats. The Democrats are expected to deliver. If not, their pro-open-borders base is not going to be happy. It promises to make for some great theater. And another shutdown.